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rob_ma:

--- Quote from: k8hid on January 30, 2010, 03:53:02 PM ---Hey Rob:

I got the pair of PX-777 you sent while I was home on leave. They look great but I did not get time to fire them up. You know anything

about the KG-UVD1P TX/RX 136-174 216-280 someone is selling on eBay? It sounds like a great combo but might not be FCC type excepted like your gear.


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There are very, very few Asian radios that are FCC certified unfortunately (the KG-UVD1P isn't). It costs in the neighborhood of $10,000 to obtain the certification. The certification is supposed to assure that the radio operates under certain parameters, such as spectral purity, so that it doesn't transmit dirty signals across the band and cause interference.

Right now those Asian manufacturers don't see a huge benefit in obtaining certification because they are able to take advantage of eBay and similar sites to sell their goods worldwide. Not every country regulates its telecommunications rigidly and many countries are more lax in their enforcement than the US.

Now while you can legally use a non-certified radio operating properly (cleanly) on amateur radio in the US, its importation is not legal (and could, but rarely happens, be confiscated at Customs). So the ownership of a non-certified radio operating on amateur frequencies is OK if you are able to obtain one.

The problem that arises is this... As an amateur you are still required to meet certain transmitter specifications. If the radio you purchased is causing out of band interference you have just raised your profile with the authorities. For example, the 2 meter amateur band is sandwiched in between two military bands. Above that you have numerous public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS, etc.) operating there.  If you are using a "dirty" transmitter you could very conceivably cause interference to those services.

As you would expect, you would more likely be looked upon by the FCC with more sympathy (READ: small or no fines, just cease operations) if you have a certified radio than if you had one that wasn't.

So, it is up to the individual to determine whether it is worth using a non-certified radio or not. But I do think that it is just a matter of time before you will see more certified radios on the US market.

- Rob

rhaig:

--- Quote from: rob_ma on January 31, 2010, 06:52:23 AM ---There are very, very few Asian radios that are FCC certified unfortunately (the KG-UVD1P isn't).

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my wouxun has the FCC sticker on it.  wouxun is trying very hard to be a big player in the import ham radio market.  They are developing a mobile that has features like the big-three brands mobile dual-banders, but for a fraction of the cost.  (they're aiming for sub-300)

I bought my wouxun from the local ham radio store for $129 about 2 months ago.  They may have gotten the cert since you made this post 6 months ago.

I have a friend that is planning on getting their mobile rig when it's released, and I'm going to wait for his to play with it.  I'm wondering of they're going to get into HF at all.

rob_ma:

--- Quote from: rhaig on July 22, 2011, 08:04:05 AM ---my wouxun has the FCC sticker on it.

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It does now. At the time the above post was posted the unit had not yet received FCC certification. There are a number of them with FCC certification including the TYT TH-UVF1 dual band transceiver.

- Rob

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